Big Lineman Makes Return Visit to Auburn

Watts Dantzler talks about his most recent visit to check out the Auburn football Tigers.

Dalton, Ga.--Watts Dantzler has been on the recruiting radar of colleges for more than a year now and plenty like what they have seen from the big offensive tackle at Dalton High School.

On Saturday the class of 2011 prospect made a return trip to Auburn to take another look at Coach Gene Chizik's football program.

"I watched the scrimmage and that was good," Dantzler tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "There was a lot of intensity. After that I talked to Coach (Jeff) Grimes, Coach (Gus) Malzahn and Coach Trooper Taylor." Grimes coaches the offensive line, Malzahn is the offensive coordinator and Taylor is the assistant head coach and wide receivers coach.

"Then I went over to eat and ate with Spencer Region and talked to him," Dantzler says of Region, an offensive guard from Cullman High who is verbally committed to the Tigers.

"After that I hung out and I did a tour and saw some stuff and then I came back and talked to Coach Grimes in his office and Coach Chizik in his office," he notes. "Overall, it was a real good day."

Dantzler points out that he enjoyed talking to Region. "Spencer is cool. We have been friends since we met at a camp in Auburn last summer."

Dantzler has a busy schedule this week now that he finished his season playing a spring sport at Dalton High after averaging a double-double in basketball. "I played JV?tennis and went 4-1 this year," he says. "It was a lot of fun."

Four ACC schools are on the agenda this week for the six-foot-seven, 285-pounder. "I went to Georgia's team practice on Thursday and on Monday I am going to Clemson and then I am hitting Duke, Wake Forest and North Carolina," he says. "I am just trying to see everywhere and get a good grasp of everything.

"Recruiting is going great," he adds. "God has blessed me with talent and given me the opportunity to go through the recruiting. Having a chance to see all of these colleges has been awesome."

Watts Dantzler is considered one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the South this year.

The big high school senior made the trip to Auburn with Coach Bill Mayo, a mentor whose son Cameron Mayo went through the recruiting process. Also making the trip to campus was former Tiger football player Cole Bennett, a star at Dalton High School who has had a long-time friendship with Dantzler. "Cole rode down with us," Dantzler says. "His brother is on the track team so he came down to see him run.

"He (Bennett) has been a lot of help," Dantzler adds. "Cole is awesome. I work out with him every day after school for about 30 minutes. He puts me through a good workout."

An honor student who has 19 scholarship offers, Dantzler will have plenty of options when he decides to make his choice. His current plans call for a decision on Nov. 18th, which is his birthday.

Dantzler says he is still open on his college choice, but notes that Auburn is a college he is seriously considering.


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